Elahi, Not Hamza, Is Punjab CM, Decides Top Court.

ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday set aside the ruling of Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly regarding rejection of ten votes of Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid (PML-Q) in the election of CM Punjab office.

After setting aside the ruling, the apex court declared Chaudhry Parvez Elahi (the petitioner) as 'the duly elected Chief Minister, Punjab.' Hamza Shehbaz and other members of the ruling coalition boycotAted the court's proceedings on Tuesday as announced by the Pakistan DemocratAic Movement on Monday.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprised Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar announced the verdict after hearing the petitions of Pakistan Tehreek-e-InAsaf (PTI) and Speaker Punjab Assembly Parvez Elahi, who was also contesting election for the CM Punjab office.

In its short order, the apex court diArected the Punjab Chief Secretary to immeAdiately and forthwith issue the notification declaring Parvez Elahi as the duly elected Chief Minister, Punjab and also directed the Governor Punjab to administer oath to Parvez for the office of CM Punjab beAfore 11:30pm Tuesday.

It further said that in case, the PunAjab Governor is unable or unwilling to administer such oath, the PresiAdent of Pakistan may forthwith adAminister oath of office to Parvez ElaAhi as Chief Minister.

The apex court wrote in its 11-pages judgment that in view of the foregoing and for detailed reasons to be recorded later and such elaboration and amplification as may be necessary, the titled constitutional petition is allowed. It added that the sole question of public importance with reference to enA forcement of fundamental rights involved in this petition is whether the understanding and implementation of the short judgment of this Court dated 17.05.2022 passed in PresidenAtial Reference No.1 of 2022 read with Article 63A(1)(b) of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 ('the ConstituAtion') was correct.

'We find that the understandAing and implementation of the said short judgment as well as the provisions of Article 63A(1)(b) of the Constitution by the Deputy Speaker, Provincial AsAsembly of Punjab, Lahore (ReAspondent No.1) was patentAly incorrect and erroneous and cannot be sustained,' said the apex court.

It further said, 'The goverAnance of the Province of PunAjab in accordance with the Constitution has been subvertAed whereby the fundamental rights of the...

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